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I like to be fair to people. I generally prefer not to assume the worst if there is an alternative.
With that in mind, here are the only 2 reasons I can think of for the quote I'm about to paste:
1. Despite his current position as Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCory has no idea how his state's government/education systems work;
2. McCrory know exactly how those systems work, but is willing to broadcast an outright falsehood in order to throw red meat to his base.
Ok, here's the quote:
"We want to make sure that we have teachers – have a better understanding of what the workforce demands are, so they can adjust the curricula to what the workforce demands are," he said.
That quote comes to us courtesy of this WRAL.com article.
So what's wrong with it? This:
"teachers...can adjust the curricula..."
No teacher anywhere in North Carolina has the power to adjust any curricula. Curricula are imposed on teachers from without- from the state legislature, from the state board of education and from local school boards and disticts.
Teachers do not select what they teach. Ever.
As Governor, McCrory surely knows this. If he doesn't, he hasn't been paying attention to his own legislature:
"The state House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Thursday requiring North Carolina elementary school students to learn cursive handwriting and to memorize multiplication tables."
His own legislature just passed a law mandating "adjustments to the curricula." Did that slip his mind when he decided to hold teachers responsible?
Maybe the Governor also missed this announcement by the North Carolina State Board of Education, which recently imposed it's own "adjustments to the curricula":
The North Carolina State Board of Education has adopted the Common Core State Standards, released earlier this week by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. With the adoption of these state-led education standards, North Carolina is in the first group of states to embrace clear and consistent goals for learning to prepare children for success in college and work.
Interestingly, the decision of the state legislature to mandate instruction in cursive writing was a direct result of the State Board adopting the Common Core standards:
But this school year, cursive supporters became more upset when North Carolina became one of 45 states to implement the “Common Core” standards in language arts and mathematics. Common Core – aimed at providing uniformity in what’s being taught in classrooms nationally – doesn’t mention cursive.
So, let's see. We have two powerful governing bodies- the State Board of Education and the State Legislature- imposing two different- and possibly conflicting- "changes to curricula."
And the Governor still tells the media that teachers control the curriculum?
At best, teachers are occaisionally asked to give "feedback" on programs that are already developed and put in place. That "feedback" is then ignored.
McCrory is either lying or he is appallingly ignorant about his own state government.
I'll leave you to decide.